The men’s golf team kicked off its spring season with the Ottawa University Invitational in Lawrence.
The team took eighth of eight. However, the team’s number one golfer, Matt Dewberry, sophomore from Blanchard, Okla., remains optimistic about the remainder of the season.
“It didn’t go the best, but it was the first tournament so there is a lot of room to get better throughout the rest of the season,” he said.
The team consists of only seven golfers, four of whom are freshmen.
“We are a young team with not much experience and that leads to inconsistency,” Head Coach Gregg Dick said.
According to Dick, the team’s greatest need is to gain consistency, which he suggested the team will gain as they get more experience.
The team’s only home tournament is this weekend, beginning Saturday at the Hesston Golf Course at 1 p.m. and continuing Sunday at Sand Creek Station in Newton at 9 a.m.
Jaden Schmidt, freshman from Moundridge, encourages students to come to the meet because it is the only chance to watch the golfers compete at home.
“Since we only have one home tournament, we do not have many people watch us, so it would be cool if we did,” he said. “It would help us play better knowing we have people that want us to succeed.”
According to Dewberry, the golfers hope to play well in each tournament and aim to place in at least the top five teams.
“We have a great group of guys who are working hard and get along very well,” Dick said.
Schmidt said he feels that the golfers have a lot of talent and do well with the basics of golf.
“The problem is that there are a lot of little things we do wrong. So we are all close to being really solid players, we just need to make a few minor adjustments that will completely turn our game around,” Schmidt said.
According to Schmidt, each golfer has his own areas with room for improvement.
“Some need to be able to drive better, some need to work on the mid-range game, some with chipping and some with putting,” he said. “No one on the team is good at all of these and some guys need to work on more than just one of these areas.”
The golf team competes at a total of five tournaments this spring, concluding with the conference tournament April 21 and 22. As with any sport, the team hopes to do well at each meet, but Schmidt suggested there are other ways the golfers can grow as a team.
“More importantly, I think we want to build some more team chemistry since we are so young so we can better succeed in the next couple of years,” he said.